Management Accounting – Starting Out In This Rewarding Career Path

logoPlease find below an article, provided by CGMA, highlighting management accounting careers



Ambitious characters and those looking for a challenge are perfect candidates for a career in management accounting. This rewarding career combines financial skills with managerial skills, you will not only be analysing information, but also forming strategies and making key business decisions! Many paths in management accounting will also give you the opportunity to get out there and travel the world, making this the perfect choice for those with a sense of adventure!

Management Accounting requires not only knowledge of budgeting and accounts, but also the ability to effectively communicate budgets and plans to other managers and colleagues. If you are looking to combine business and finance with the opportunity to work around the world, then a management accounting career may be for you! Interested? – Read on!

The Journey to Becoming a Management Accountant

Becoming a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation holder can lead you into a lot of proficient positions. CGMA’s may work in finance, or put their broader business training to use in roles such as being a Board Director, Chairman, CEO or CFO. Any management accountant role will involve critical business decision making, and require you to drive strong business performance. Management accounting positions encompass a mix of strategy and management skills, operations expertise, and financial knowledge.

On the route to become a CGMA designation holder you follow the syllabus of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. This qualification is operates on a competency framework which acts as a bridge between education and employment.

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OneDayWith Baker Hughes: 15 October 2014, online!

Are you studying or have recently graduated with a technical degree or Masters in an engineering discipline or in applied sciences, chemistry, geology, geosciences, mathematics, mechatronics, or physics? We have an amazing opportunity for you to join our global business.

Baker Hughes, is a leading supplier of innovative services, products, technology, and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry.
We are very pleased to invite you to our online event about Baker Hughes and how you can play an important part in providing affordable energy to improve the lives of others.

Learn more about working at Baker Hughes as a Top Engineer!

All you need is a computer with an internet connection. Click here to go to the event!

Registration is encouraged and worthwhile even if you cannot attend the live day: recorded presentations and chat sessions remain accessible after the event has taken place.

eFest! – one day event for young entrepreneurs in Birmingham and beyond!

On Monday 29th September, Enterprise Nation hosts eFest! a one day event for 200 young entrepreneurs. Attend to pick up tips from the best, to pitch for cash and contracts, consider a coding career, get free start-up space and kits, apply for a loan and plotr your future.

The event will feature:

  • Practical panels with entrepreneurs including Jodie and Ben Cook (founders, Little Tykes) Dom Portman (founder, FancyFresher), Katie Smith (Founder, Tastes Marvellous) and more!
  • Tips on financing a business Santander will be available to offer useful tips and advice from creating a business plan to exploring and understanding different funding options. They will also be able to answer any financial questions
  • Consider a coding career with all-day activity from Coding Cupboard and SEO agency, Croud
  • Meet a mentor as leading entrepreneurs from across the Midlands arrive to give attendees one to one advice
  • Plotr the future with help from digital careers platform, Plotr
  • Win free start-up space from high growth Birmingham business, Time Etc
  • Receive a free StartUp Kit offering all need to know to start a business

Click here for details

Challenge Leader

Want to travel to amazing destinations for free and gain valuable leadership experience? Challenges Abroad are currently recruiting university students as Challenge Leaders to lead expeditions to any of our 6 incredible project locations next summer (Romania, Tanzania, Peru, India, Thailand and Cambodia). Volunteer, explore, meet new people and have the experience of a lifetime!

The Challenge Leader position is perfect for an outgoing, motivated individual, with good social and communication skills and a passion for travel and volunteering.

Our Leaders recruit a team of 10-20 students from their university to take part in a three-week international adventure next summer. They support and monitor their team as they fundraise throughout the year and during their time abroad. In return, Challenge Leaders get a reduction of 100% on their own fundraising target if they take a full team of 20 members (80% reduction for 15 members and 60% reduction for 10 members). Leaders also receive training as part of our incredible Challenge Leader Programme (with the option to gain an internationally-recognised qualification in Leadership and Management) through a series of training weekends (transport and accommodation costs covered by us). We have staff in the UK and in all of our destinations abroad to offer guidance and support where needed, and each Challenge Leader is assigned a Fundraising and Events Manager to work with them throughout the year.

Our international fundraising challenges are renowned across the UK. This summer, we have sent 400 students to volunteer in and explore six incredible destination countries. Next summer it could be you trekking to the summit of Kilimanjaro, teaching Buddhist monks in Thailand, volunteering with children in care homes in Romania, or taking part in another of our exciting and valuable projects. Wherever you go, the Challenges Abroad experience promises to be a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Check out our website to find out more:

You can email any questions to, and if you leave a number we can give you a ring to chat about the role.

Frontrunner for Disabled Students

Developing the disabled leaders of tomorrow

Frontrunner is a student leadership course delivered by international leadership development organisation Common Purpose Frontrunner_DisabledStudents_Page_1

Frontrunner for Disabled Students is a three day leadership and employability programme sponsored by Santander. Over 400 students from 100 universities across the UK have now attended the Frontrunner for disabled students programme. This is a free residential programme with the next course taking place in Nottingham from 4-6 November.



Your project could win you £1000 & help shape the future of our oceans!

2014 National Student Awards reward students in higher education who present an outstanding project that will benefit the marine environment.2014_NationalStudentAwards

Students are invited to submit their entries before the deadline on 12th December 2014.

The winner will receive £1,000 and two runners-up will each receive £500 to further their research.

Please visit our website for more info and to enter:

Participate in a usability study and receive a £20 Amazon voucher for your time

Graduate Prospects is recruiting individuals to participate in a website usability study:


The study will be conducted remotely. This means you can choose where you want to be. You will need to have access to a computer with internet connection and a telephone.


Mid-September, we will arrange a time and date to suit you. This will take no longer than an hour.


You will be invited to an online meeting, you’ll need your phone as well (we will ring you), then you’ll just be asked to look at a section of a website, use it and tell us what you think.


If you are interested please email by 12th September with the following information:

• Your name
• Which university or institution are your currently studying at?
• Whether you are an undergraduate/postgraduate
• Whether you are an international or home student.
• Year of study
• Subject of study
• Daytime phone number
• Email address
• Have you been to any careers events/fairs?
• Have you sought any careers advice?
• Have you sought advice on CV writing, application forms, interviews?
• A sentence or two about career plans you have (if any).


Please note that the sessions will be recorded for internal use at Graduate Prospects and viewed by Higher Education Careers Advisers to allow us to improve the user experience of the website.

Your details: Please indicate in your email if you’re happy for us to keep your details for any future website usability studies.





Mindshare competition

On November 13th 2014, Mindshare UK will open its doors to a host of pioneering people at the frontiers of technology, science, film, music, publishing, data, social, mobile, video, gaming and far beyond for its fourth annual Huddle. Our mission? To inspire and invent.

Together with clients including Nike, Unilever, Nestle, Three and ITV as well as our partners such as Facebook, Google, YouTube, Spotify and Channel 4 we will question, debate, experiment, play, hack and make stuff.

And we want YOU to be a part of it.

See leaflet for more details

Download Student Form to apply

Graduate profile of the month

September’s profile is Daniel O’Flynn. Daniel graduated in 2013 with a MChem in

Chemistry. He is now studying for a PhD in Chemical Synthesis in Bristol Universities Centre for Doctoral Training


Where are you now?

I am now doing a PhD in Chemical Synthesis in Bristol Universities Centre for Doctoral Training (BCS CDT). This is a slightly different PhD program to the conventional PhD route.  It involves an initial seven month training period prior to starting a PhD project.  In the training period I have been able to carry out three 7-week lab rotations in different research groups. This has allowed me to gain experience with new equipment, new chemistry and new techniques that I was previously unfamiliar with. Additionally, it also involves a lecture course, tutorial and workshop sessions, problem sessions, presentations in journal club, and brainstorming potential PhD projects. I am now coming to the end of the seven month training period and will be starting my PhD project in mid-April.

How did you get there?

During my industrial placement year I received an email about the Chemical Synthesis CDT at Bristol and was instantly interested.  The advantages over the conventional PhD route were obvious to me.  Carrying out three lab rotations in different research groups sounded like a great way to start at a new university, allowing me to meet the supervisors/research groups and get a feeling for the place.  I could then make an informed decision about which PhD supervisor/project I will  choose for the next three and half years. The Careers and Employability Centre and my personal tutor helped me to perfect my CV and I applied to Bristol University on their application website. I was able to get an interview a month or so later and everything happened relatively quickly from there.

Where are you going?

I am just about to finish the initial training period and will be starting my PhD project in mid-April.  By way of ambitions, I hope that the PhD and my time at Bristol goes smoothly, ideally stumbling upon new chemistry that I can publish in journals.  In the longer term, I wish to obtain my PhD and go into research in industry. At this moment in time, a career in pharmaceutical/agrochemical research would be my desired career choice.

What if anything would you have done differently during your time at Loughborough University to help you prepare better for your career/life upon graduation?

During my time at Loughborough I was very concerned about getting the best results I could in exams and coursework by learning what I had to learn.  If I could of done anything differently I would of asked more questions during lectures (like ‘Why?’) to deepen my understanding of concepts that would be extremely useful to me during my PhD and future career.

What advice would you give to a student studying your subject at university now?

I would definitely say enjoy it, try to keep motivated, don’t let the work pile up and ask lots of questions.  Additionally, it’s also worth making sure you understand and refresh on the basics throughout the course, as the basics are going to be fundamental when the hard stuff kicks in.  Finally, I would say enjoy the union while you’re there…I miss FND!

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Mavens: Interactive design job – win an internship

Mavens: Interactive design job
Prize: Paid internship
Deadline: 8 September 2014

Mavens are looking for a designer who can create an interactive piece of content. To be in with a chance of winning this paid piece of work, all you have to do is submit your portfolio and examples of interactive content you have previously produced. Enter here